Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Dar es Salaam

Wonder Workshop

At this excellent workshop, disabled artists create world-class jewellery, sculptures, candles, stationery and other crafts from old glass, metal, car parts and other recycled materials. There’s a small shop on the …
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Arusha


What started out as a small enterprise making beaded necklaces has branched into furniture, paper, clothing and many other products, mostly using recycled materials and made by disabled workers. Their products are s…
Arts & Crafts in Dar es Salaam

Tingatinga Centre

This excellent centre is at the spot where Edward Saidi Tingatinga originally marketed his designs, and it’s still one of the best places to buy Tingatinga paintings and to watch the artists at work.
Shoes in Zanzibar Town

Surti & Sons

For over 30 years, Parvin Surti and his family have been shoeing Zanzibaris in beautiful, durable leather sandals (US$25 to US$35) in a range of understated styles in soft, natural colours. All the sandals are hands…
Arts & Crafts in Arusha

Maasai Women Fair Trade Centre

A project of Maasai Women Development Organisation (MWEDO), this small shop raises money for education and other projects. It has expensive but high-quality beadwork (and a few other crafts), including some items se…
Handicrafts in Arusha

Cultural Heritage

The large and unmissable Cultural Heritage craft mall on the western edge of Arusha has all the usual souvenirs with some less common items as well. Shopping is hassle-free, but prices are higher. There’s a DHL offi…
Arts & Crafts in Dar es Salaam

Mwenge Carvers’ Market

This market is packed with vendors, and you can watch woodcarvers at work. Take the Mwenge dalla-dalla from New Posta transport stand to the end of the route, from where it’s five minutes on foot down Sam Nujoma Rd.
Arts & Crafts in Dar es Salaam


This waterfront shopping centre features upmarket boutiques plus a traditional craft market, an ice-cream parlour and a children's play area.
Handicrafts in Arusha


Quality handicrafts and classy homewares, children's toys and national parks maps – Schwari has picked the best of local crafts to produce a fine collection.
Books in Dar es Salaam

A Novel Idea

Dar es Salaam’s best bookshop, with classics, modern fiction, travel guides, Africa titles, maps and more.